Heat Beat Celtics with Fourth Quarter Comeback, Take 2-0 Lead in Eastern Conference Finals
Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat have taken a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals with their 111-105 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. In a matchup that could have gone either way, Butler stepped up big time scoring 27 points while veteran power forward Bam Adebayo filled up the stat sheet with 22 points, 17 rebounds, and nine assists. "Jayson Tatum had 34 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for Boston," according to the article, but the star forward missed three shots and turned the ball over twice during the deciding fourth quarter.
Making matters worse for the Celtics, Jaylen Brown struggled from the field going 7-for-23 for 16 points. Meanwhile, Caleb Martin off the bench was a scorching hot as he contributed 25 points for the Heat. With the Celtics leading 96-87, Butler drove into the paint with intensity and converted a three-point play after Grant Williams attempted to distract him with some trash talk. His will helped lead the Heat's comeback as he added two more baskets to finish off the win.
It's looking grim for the Celtics as the Heat now have a chance to bring the series end with a win in Game 3 Sunday. As Butler said after the win, “This is where we want to be: close out games.”